Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) has roped in US architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) to design its Terminal 2 (T2).

“BIAL is planning to construct T2 in two phases; the first phase will cater to 25 million passengers annually (MPA), while the second phase of the project will add another 20 million passenger capacity,” said GV Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director, BIAL.

Expansion plans

“When completed, T2 will cater to 45 MPA. The airport is currently growing at 22.5 per cent annually. To cater to the growing traffic, the current facility (T1) is undergoing expansion to accommodate this growth till the first phase of T2 is completed. The combined capacity of T1 and T2 will be approximately 65 MPA,” he added.

The current runway is also expected to undergo upgradation in order to support the growing air traffic at the Bengaluru Airport. The runway upgradation will include building of two Rapid Exit Taxiways (RET) to increase runway capacity. Currently, the runway has the capability of handling 34 air traffic movements (ATM) per hour, the additional RETs could increase the ATM capacity to 44 per hour.

Second runway

Earthworks for the second runway commenced in February 2016. The new runway will have CAT III B ILS and will cater to all type of aircrafts including A380 in all weather conditions. This will also have an associated parallel taxiway, two cross field taxiways on the east connecting the new runway to the existing north runway, T1 apron.

Enhancement to the existing north runway with airfield lighting, signage, drainage, fuel hydrants and associated works is also being planned to be executed in a phased manner. The second runway will be ready by September 2019.

Passenger initiatives

Reddy said BLR Airport saw a rerun of its successful passenger engagement initiatives with the third edition of Playport (summer festival for the young travellers) and Season of Smiles (Flagship shopping and musical festival).

The airport celebrated the second chapter of Dasara festival, with music and varied art forms.